The doctor said the little boy wouldn't live. The aunt made the little boy not want to live. But at least he had the Houdan hen -- and Sredni Vashtar. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy, Horror Source: The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki (H.H. Munro), 1911.
This 1859 short story probably influenced both Maupassant's "The Horla" and Bierce's "The Damned Thing". It's pretty spooky all by itself, though. The second phase of the story is a science fiction take -- a very odd one. See what you think. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Horror
The mysteries of Cullerne begin to manifest, as Mrs. Joliffe receives a flattering offer to buy a worthless painting, and a mysterious stranger appears. The church organist has the strange impression that he's being followed and watched. And nobody will listen to Mr. Westray, the young architect, and his fears that the church tower is ready to fall.... By the author of Moonfleet and The Lost Stradivarius. Part 1 Part 2 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
Cullerne is a tiny marsh town which once was a great seaport. Westray, a young architect working for a restoration firm, comes to help fix its massive church. But before he's even been in town a day, he's already learning about the strange cracks running through its residents as well as the church tower. By the author of Moonfleet, and The Lost Stradivarius. Part 1 | Part 3 Sorry for all the accumulating parts, but the archive.org servers keep filling up before I can put up more parts! The... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
Cullerne, once a Dorset seaport, now is a tiny town in the middle of a marshy nowhere. Its huge old church badly needs restoration, and Arthur Westray is sent by his firm to handle matters. But sleepy Cullerne is full of old secrets and mysteries, and everywhere you look is the Blandamer coat of arms -- the Nebuly Coat. (John Meade Falkner is also the author of Moonfleet and The Lost Stradivarius.) Part 2 Part 3 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
Take one antebellum New York college student with a crazy dream of the perfect microscope. Add one spiritualist (modeled after the Fox sisters), one diamond, and one drop of water. Stir. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction
Three very different men take a train through the English countryside. Why are they all going to the same place for Christmas? ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas Source: A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men by Wiliam J. Locke, 1910.
He's talked about why the Gnostics are wrong about God. Now it's time for Irenaeus to talk about what the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Tradition of the Church have to say. Book I Book II Book IV Book V ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers
The classic forensic technology Edwardian mystery concludes. Now it's time for courtroom drama in the Old Bailey. But the problem isn't so much whodunit as howdunit. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
This creepy tale of an antebellum Christmas (and New Year's) in New York continues, with poison, fire, demons, mynah birds, and some action figures you'd rather not find in your stocking. Beware the Wondersmith! ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas, Horror, Holidays - New Year's Eve Source: "The Wondersmith" by Fitz-James O'Brien
This 1859 Christmas horror story puts traditional figures of European legend and lore ('gypsies', hunchbacks, stolen children, wizards, and demons) into a tough New York City neighborhood. The result is a scary urban Victorian fantasy. Better hope Santa doesn't bring you presents from the Wondersmith. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas Source: Atlantic Monthly, October 1859
Now that Irenaeus has given us a rundown on Gnostic teachers, beliefs, and practices, he moves to suggesting arguments against such beliefs. These arguments also provide an interesting look at theology in Irenaeus' day. Book I Book III Book IV Book V ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
The classic 2nd century study and analysis of Christian Gnosticism in all its extant variants, as collected both from Gnostic writings and discussions with Gnostic teachers (as well as ex-Gnostics). Since Irenaeus was studying Gnosticism to help others change Gnostics' minds, he strove for as much accuracy as possible in his account. And in fact, you will find that his account of Gnosticism tallies closely with that of the recently rediscovered Gnostic writings. Book II Book III Book IV Book V ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Listen and pray along while meditating on the life of Jesus Christ, as seen by His mother Mary. Includes scripture readings for all four sets of mysteries (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious). Also includes optional files for the Apostle's Creed and the Hail Holy Queen ending sequence. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Traditional
The classic Dr. Thorndyke mystery continues. When is a fingerprint not proof? The plot thickens, things begin to look very black for the suspect, Dr. Jervis gets into heart trouble, and Dr. Thorndyke nearly gets his brains racked. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
This 1909 short story features the first famous pathologist detective, Dr. Thorndyke. The Thorndyke stories helped educate the police, the public, and criminals about crime scenes and forensics. CSI: Edwardian England! ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: John Thorndyke's Cases, 1909
A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The first part, A Treatise of Divine Providence, discusses love of God, love of neighbor, and how all sins and virtues ultimately hinge on actions towards one's neighbor. Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
This 1811 novel is the story of a young girl whose parentage is unknown but obviously well-to-do. Abandoned at an elite boarding school but befriended by a chance-met stranger, her life is full of mystery... and humor! Possibly the only novel ever written in which a dog's pedigree is mistaken for that of the heroine. No wonder it went through so many editions! ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance, Regency Source: 1822 J. Gleave edition
Our diplomat detective is still desperate to detect that diamond, in this daring drama with a very different denouement. Do enjoy! ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: "In a Cellar" by Harriet Prescott Spofford
When a man's widowed cousin and his best friend decide they hate each other, he starts to feel that he probably shouldn't have invited them both home for Thanksgiving. Especially if one of them has a nasty cold. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Romance, Holidays - Thanksgiving Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, December 1859
The planet Zarathustra is going through a dry spell. Land-prawns, ecologists, and scared bureaucrats are coming out of the woodwork. But there's more trouble to come. The cutest little alien critter you've ever seen: Little Fuzzy. This book is widely regarded as a minor sf classic, and is much loved. ( 5 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction Source: Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
Apr 21, 2009bySt. Perpetua, St. Saturus, and Anon.
Tells the story of the arraignment, imprisonment and execution in the arena of a young Roman noblewoman and her friends from the church in Africa. Contains one of the few autobiographical accounts from the ancient world written by a woman -- and an African woman at that! -- which have come down to us. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion
The foundation document for Sherlockian studies, this is also a hilarious satire of Biblical and literary criticism. The author, Ronald A. Knox, later became better known as Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, Bible translator and mystery writer. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, essays, comedy, Mystery Source: "Sources in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes", 1911
Dr Thorndyke returns in this classic Edwardian mystery novel of forensics, both the medical and the law kind. How did the rich Egyptologist disappear off the face of the earth, and when? Who inherits his money? (Published in the US as The Vanishing Man. Boring title, eh?) Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman, 1911.
A guide to the spiritual riches of the simple prayer called the Lord's Prayer or the "Our Father", from a bishop of North Africa martyred in AD 258. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 5
A sermon on the Virgin Mary's death and assumption into Heaven by St. John of Damascus (aka St. John Damascene). ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: On holy images, followed by three sermons on the Assumption. Tr. by Mary H. Allies, 1898.
This uncanonical early Christian work claims to tell the story of the circumstances surrounding Mary's conception and birth, her marriage with Joseph, the birth of Jesus, and the flight to Egypt. While it's obviously more legend than fact, it's also a very early snapshot of the early Church's traditions and "family stories". There are also later and longer versions of this story, like the so-called "Gospel of the Nativity of Mary", but this is the oldest. Part 2 has a brief... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Spoken Word Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, ed. Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson
Published in 1496 as part of the Book of St. Albans, and written by an English prioress, this little treatise explains how to make a telescoping fishing rod, fishing line, and hooks. It also explains how to fish, when, and where. However, for the non-angler, the real pleasure of this treatise is its pleasant tone and small nuggets of wisdom. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, fishing
Circa A.D. 710, the Venerable Bede wrote this sermon. It was translated by the Rev. John M. Neale. An interesting and touching look at the Feast of All Saints and the doctrine of the Communion of Saints, and a glimpse of Saxon England's religious life. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, Holidays - All Saints Day Source: The World's Famous Orations, 1906.
And you thought Seinfeld was the first one to tell jokes about nothing! From the 1908 book On Nothing and Kindred Subjects, Hilaire Belloc brings us a short and funny essay "On the Pleasure of Taking Up One's Pen". Enjoy! ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, essays, comedy Source: On Nothing and Kindred Subjects, by Hilaire Belloc
The spiritual classic about dark nights of the soul, and how to start to achieve union with God through prayer, begins with a look at the "night of sense". The second book deals with the "night of faith". Then the third book deals with the "night of the memory and will". The final two books of the five book treatise are generally printed separately and called The Dark Night of the Soul. So I have also recorded them separately. ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
This directory only contains a few chapters of Little Fuzzy. All of these chapters are also available over on the main page (because I put them there after the main page became available again). So this is pretty much a duplicate page, but I don't have the power to delete it as far as I know. Sorry for the confusion. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction Source: Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
The legal maneuvering begins as the Edwardian forensic investigation continues. What is behind the scattering of bones? What do the police know that young Dr. Jervis doesn't? And what does Dr. Thorndyke have up his sleeve? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
This is an anonymous but apparently firsthand account of the martyrdom (eaten by animals in a Roman arena) of St. Ignatius of Antioch. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1. Ed. by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson. American edition, 1885. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1
The classic mystery of Edwardian forensics continues. We visit the suspect at Holloway Prison (the author seems rightly critical of visitation conditions for prisoners' friends), and wonder what Thorndyke's planning. And why someone keeps trying to kill him. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
From the Golden Age of Spanish drama, this play is based on the legend of St. Patrick's Purgatory, a famous pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. It also references the Irish-origin legends about St. Patrick. Translated into English in the same verse meters as the original, and very well done, too. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Religion, Plays, St. Patrick's Day Source: English translation by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Dr. Thorndyke receives a rather deadly gift, and Miss Gibson continues to be rather inquisitive about Dr. Thorndyke's plans for the defense. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
A story of medieval Germany and the first Christmas tree. Exciting, poetic, and atmospheric. By the author of "The Story of the Other Wise Man". Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas Source: "The First Christmas Tree" by Henry Van Dyke, 1897
This is not so much a sermon on Advent or December, as the old fast of the "Ember Days" that used to be celebrated four times a year. (Zacharias 8:19: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and great solemnities.") The December ones always fell during Advent, of course, thus contributing to the penitential and preparatory... Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 12, CCEL
O'Brien knew London and Paris, where shopgirls were common. But in New York, the stores only employed salesmen, even in departments selling exclusively to women. The work was seen as too hard for women -- but slaving as seamstresses was not. O'Brien protests this injustice in a witty fantasy about a labor-saving fabric clamp (the eponymous Sewing Bird) come alive. Topic: Audiobook - Poetry Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 21, issue 124 (September 1860).
A classic Dr. Thorndyke mystery with state-of-the-art Edwardian forensic science and timeless wit and excitement. A thief left a fingerprint behind, and the police arrest the person whose print it is. An open and shut case? Not to Dr. Thorndyke. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
Mr. Sponge hunts with Sir Harry Scattercash's hounds (yes, he actually gets to hunt). But he doesn't have quite as much fun as he should've had. And his host is growing impatient, both with his stay and his popularity with his wife. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
The English comedy classic continues. Mr. Sponge continues to woo the Misses Jawleyford, and goes foxhunting with the Flat Hat Hunt. Mr. Sponge's horses plot mischief, while Lord Scamperdale and Jack Spraggon plot revenge. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, by R.S. Surtees
A spiritual classic written for those in religious life, but used for centuries by all sorts of Christians. Book 1: Part 1 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: mysticism, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
The bestselling religious classic from the Middle Ages continues. God is the only truly trustworthy being. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3:Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, CCEL